Where to Go for Summer Holidays in the US
Our picks for where to spend a very (North) American summer.
Whether you’re hoping to be surfin’ USA à la the Beach Boys, pining for the summer nights immortalised in that song from Grease, or just looking forward to that summer, summer, summertime as Will Smith would vouch for, we’ve got countless luxury Plum Guide homes across the US just waiting for you and your family to move in for the summer holidays. On the east coast, you can escape the heaving centre of New York City for the deluxe and exclusive neighbourhoods of The Hamptons. Los Angeles has the perfect climate year-round, with its beaches making for the perfect sand, sun and sea vacation. For something a little different, we’ve got the nature trails and water sports of Lake Tahoe, and the mountains of Aspen, desperate to show off their greener side in the hottest part of the year, when the snow melts and the crowds dissipate. Some might even prefer the whole Sound of Music look this ski hub takes on in summer. Without further ado, here's where to go for your summer holidays in the US.
It’s one of the most exclusive hubs in the US, where the rich and famous of New York City and surrounding cities go into hiding in the summer holidays. Drive (slowly) along the iconic Dune Road, taking in the views of the ocean. Maybe best to let your family enjoy the views, while you focus on the road. On the other side to the water is a row of majestic mansions owned by top celebs (you probably own one yourself, right?). Grab souvenirs from the strange and historic Big Duck – which is just a massive duck you can walk inside. Be one with nature, with a stroll around the lake in the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Among the most popular spots in the whole region is the Cooper’s Beach, known for its lovely fine sand and clean water. On a rare rainy day, pop inside the Parrish Art Museum for the collection of Greek and Roman statues or explore the array of antique shops in the Sag Harbour.
With its pleasant climate year-round, LA is a one-size-fits-all for holidays. Which means: it’s perfect for *insert season here*. If you're looking for excellent beach conditions on your summer holiday in the US, Los Angeles gets that little bit hotter from June to August. Get your surf on along the beaches of Malibu, or head to Long Beach for the stunning stretches of sand, and visit the various museums while there. It also hosts the Aquarium of the Pacific and the RMS Queen Mary. For something a little different – and somewhat magical (at least the kids will remember their childhoods fondly despite the Beach Boys playing in the car) - take the family to the Universal Studios or Disneyland. Other options for the little ones (if they behave) are LEGOLAND, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm.
It’s time to head to the lake. With the high altitude and surrounding mountains, Lake Tahoe can make for a cool refuge from the summer heat in California. Embark on the Heavenly Mountain Gondola Ride for stunning views from up high. Just don’t look down (well, do look down, otherwise it’s a bit of a waste of such an excellent vista). Go jet skiing and kayaking on the water, before taking up paddle-boarding. Dry off and sunbathe on the beach, then take a trip along the trails surrounding the lake. You can also go horseback-riding and parasailing among the myriad activities in these parts. Change it up a little with a trip one day to Vikingsholm Castle, which, as its name suggests, is of Scandinavian origin and design. You can even take a tour inside, offered several times a day in summer.
It’s not all about the snow, we’ll have you know. Aspen is a great place to spend your summer holidays in the US. In summer, this exclusive Colorado hotspot is a breath of fresh air, its altitude keeping things warm and pleasant and making for idyllic hiking conditions. Walk along the Rio Grande Trail by the Roaring Fork River, taking in the views of the colourful wildflowers and mountains. Relax by the Cathedral Lake and the American Lake. Ride the Silver Queen Gondola high up into the sky for some of the best views for miles around. Resist the urge to rock the cable car back and forth to scare your kids. It is Aspen after all, so you can expect some fancy dining, namely at Element 47 restaurant and Matsuhisa-Aspen, where you’ll get some succulent sushi.